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12:00 AM, December 09, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, December 09, 2018

Payback on Powell's mind

It was 2014 when West Indies last won an ODI series -- beating Bangladesh at home. After four years without an ODI series win, the Windies now have a young man at the helm in stand-in skipper Rovman Powell and the 25-year-old wants to get the team back to winning ways when they face Bangladesh in the first game of the three-match ODI series starting Sunday.

Not only did the Windies suffer through the last four years without an ODI series victory, they were also on the receiving end of a home ODI series beating by the Tigers before they lost the Test series 2-0 here. Powell however was quick to inform that their focus had shifted to getting results in ODIs.

"We are not focusing on the Test series defeat. White-ball cricket is a different version and we are focusing on that. The guys are motivated and upbeat and hopefully we will get the best possible results," he said.

While admitting that it would be a difficult task, the batting all-rounder said that he wanted to pay back in kind for the defeat at home in July.

"It will be challenging. Any team is difficult to play at their home and Bangladesh post such problems. Bangladesh have been very good at home. We are fully aware of it. They beat us in the Caribbean and we are looking to do the same to them here," Powell said.

"It will be equal; both teams have good spinners, fast bowlers and batters. It will be a competitive series," he said, adding that it was a chance to turn around their ODI fortunes.

"I think we have a good enough team to beat them in Bangladesh. They are at full strength but we are also close to full strength.

"We haven't won an ODI series in a long time. No better opportunity then to come to Bangladesh and do that. We played well in India but without the results and with the World Cup to come, it will be good to get the series win under our belt," he concluded.

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